My physician has recommended taking vitamin B6 at bedtime to help improve my sleep.
Q. Dear Terry, “My physician has recommended taking vitamin B6 at bedtime to help improve my sleep. I have not found any documented information on vitamin B6 helping with sleep. What are your thoughts on this?” — Sarah K., Gresham, OR
A. Dear Sarah, Yes, vitamin B6 does have some benefits when it comes to sleep. Vitamin B6 can raise serotonin levels, which is beneficial for inducing sleep.
When looking for a vitamin B6 formula, I strongly recommend choosing one that features vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) in combination with magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. Take 1-2 two capsules of this formula at bedtime.
If you find you are having a hard time falling asleep because you just can’t seem to turn your brain “off”, I believe you would benefit greatly from taking a unique echinacea extract derived from Echinacea angustifolia. This specialized extract is very different from the echinacea you see in stores that is sold for immune health and helping to overcome colds and the flu. Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences discovered that when grown under the right conditions, harvested and processed in a particular way, and taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this plant can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. The unique compounds in this particular echinacea extract have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. The formula I recommend is a very low dose—about 20 mg. In fact, research has shown that higher doses are actually less effective. Taken before bedtime, this extract will help calm your mind so it can listen to your body’s own natural sleep signals. I suggest taking 1-2 tablets 30-45 minutes before bedtime.
Terry . . . Naturally